MetroPCS, the nation’s fifth largest wireless carrier, launched live mobile digital television services earlier this month with the introduction of the first smart phone in the U.S. to receive local broadcasts in conjunction with the Dyle TV initiative. Backed by networks and local affiliates belonging to the Mobile Content venture, Dyle provides unlimited linear streams of local broadcast news, weather and other programs directly to wireless smart phones and bypasses fourth-generation LTE or other wireless network connections that would count against subscriber data plans. The Dyle service will be offered at no additional charge to MetroPCS customers in selected major markets through the Samsung Galaxy S Lightray phone, which is built on the Google Android operating platform and features a built-in extendable antenna for receiving local TV broadcasts. Priced at $459, the Samsung Lightray also boasts a 4.3-inch touch screen, a 1 GHz processor, and mobile hotspot technology that enables MetroPCS subscribers to share 4G LTE connections with multiple Wi-Fi-enabled devices. Customers will be able to select and view local TV stations by launching a specialized application on the Lightray menu. Officials at Dyle, which currently streams the signals of selected TV stations in the top U.S. markets, hope eventually to extend coverage nationwide and to roll out additional Dyle-enabled devices by the end of this year. Sources also indicate that Dyle is working with other electronics manufacturers to develop dongles and other devices that will connect existing wireless smart phones to live television broadcast services.
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Dyle mobile TV service debuts on MetroPCS network
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